Degrees

Certificate of Achievement

The Medical Assisting program offers a two semester Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting. All students completing the Medical Assisting program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification exam and the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. Students who have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting, may continue and complete the additional courses needed for the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

A grade of "C" or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Interested students should contact the Special Admissions clerk at 619-388-2684 or program director at 619-388-2267.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete Directed Clinical Practice/ clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting, as a condition of placement at the clinic. Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in the Directed Clinical Practice/clinically-based course and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program. Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.

Units Courses
  Program Prerequisites:
4-6 MEDA 110 Medical Terminology AND
MEDA 055 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology
OR
BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  Courses Required for the Major:
3 MEDA 055 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology
1.5 MEDA 056 Administrative Medical Assisting I
1 MEDA 064 Medical Ethics and Legal Issues for the Allied Health Professional
3 MEDA 068 Human Behavior for Allied Health Students
1.5 MEDA 076 Principles of Infection Control and Sterile Technique
2 MEDA 078 Principles of Patient Care
1 MEDA 082 Diagnostic Testing
2 MEDA 084 Phlebotomy for Medical Assisting
2 MEDA 086 Administrative Medical Assisting II
0.5 MEDA 088 Electrocardiogram Application
0.5 MEDA 092 Minor Surgery
0.5 MEDA 094 Medication Administration
3 MEDA 096 Directed Clinical Practice
3 MEDA 110 Medical Terminology
3 MEDA 115 Pathophysiology
27.5 = Total Units

Associate in Science

The Medical Assisting program offers a two semester Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting. All students completing the Medical Assisting program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Graduates are eligible to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) national certification exam and the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. Students who have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting, may continue and complete the additional courses needed for the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

A grade of "C" or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Interested students should contact the Special Admissions clerk at 619-388-2684 or program director at 619-388-2267.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete Directed Clinical Practice/ clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting, as a condition of placement at the clinic. Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in the Directed Clinical Practice/clinically-based course and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program. Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.

Units Courses
  Program Prerequisites:
4-6 MEDA 110 Medical Terminology AND
MEDA 055 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology
OR
BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  Courses Required for the Major:
3 MEDA 055 Fundamentals Human Anatomy and Physiology
1.5 MEDA 056 Administrative Medical Assisting I
1 MEDA 064 Medical Ethics and Legal Issues for the Allied Health Professional
3 MEDA 068 Human Behavior for Allied Health Students
1.5 MEDA 076 Principles of Infection Control and Sterile Technique
2 MEDA 078 Principles of Patient Care
1 MEDA 082 Diagnostic Testing
2 MEDA 084 Phlebotomy for Medical Assisting
2 MEDA 086 Administrative Medical Assisting II
0.5 MEDA 088 Electrocardiogram Application
0.5 MEDA 092 Minor Surgery
0.5 MEDA 094 Medication Administration
3 MEDA 096 Directed Clinical Practice
3 MEDA 110 Medical Terminology
3 MEDA 115 Pathophysiology
27.5 = Total Units

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See the San Diego Mesa College catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Please Note: This information is for informal use only! This is a converted electronic copy of the official printed college catalog. Every effort has been made to ensure this information is up to date and accurate, but the college catalog is the authoritative source.